Apr 18, 2013 3:00am PDT
followed as well. mike barnicle, it was pete williams who went against every instinct in this 24/7 news culture where people seem far more interested in getting it first than getting it right. it was pete williams who kept saying that information is incorrect. and he acted like a news reporter is supposed to act. he actually waited until he got the information and passed it on to everyone else. not an especially good day for journalism yesterday with news outlets messing up on an issue this important to the american people because they are just interested in speed instead of accuracy. >> yeah. i know. it wasn't a good day, joe, for this business. the pressures, of course, are enormous today. the pressures to get things first is e nermnormous, we know. it's now a first, let's get it first! look. we all make mistakes in this business, in every business. i probably lead the league in mistakes in terms of getting things into newspapers and what have you. but the larger issue here is what is going on in the back bay about six blocks from where we sit now out in front of the holy cross cathed
Apr 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
's justice correspondent pete williams joins me now with the latest. let's talk about specifically the charges, miranda rights, the public safety exemption, where are we right now on that issue? >> well, the normal rule is that when someone's irsed, they're advised of their rights. you have the right to remain silent. anything you say can be used against you. you have the right to a lawyer. if you can't afford one it will be provided, that sort of thing. if police don't give that warning then they cannot use any statements of the defendant in court. the exception to that is called the public safety exception. it's been extended by judges to terrorism cases. and the idea is that if you need information quickly to preserve public safety, you can ask those questions and still use the responses in court. but that public safety exception rule is limited. it only applies for several hours after fill in the blank. we assume after questioning starts rather than after arrest. probably no more than a day, day and a half. >> where do you come up with that? pete, let me interrupt you there. wh
Apr 23, 2013 6:00am PDT
killed and injured in boston a week ago. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams joins me now. let's clear up a couple things on the charges. the killing of the 346m.i.t. poe officer not included. explain it here for us. >> couple of points about this. numb per on number one, this charging document is a starting point. it is not the end of what they can charge him. it is to get the process going. there will be a grand jury indictment. it can be superseded as we go along so this isn't the totality of it. secondly, murder by itself is not a federal crime. so there's no federal strictly speaking, no federal jurisdiction over that killing. it may be that in the future they'll pull it into a broader conspiracy and they could add that to it, but standing by itself the federal government would not have jurisdiction. >> let's go to what did dzhokhar say during the questioning before he was read his miranda rights? what have we learned from that and what have we been able to confirm outside of what he said? >> well, none of it has been confirmed outside of what he says. he has been cooperat
Apr 17, 2013 6:00pm PDT
to the media-generated chaos. joining us now, pete williams, who i should tell you, is in the same building i am in but is at another camera because he needs to be close to his desk phone. it truly is that kind of day in the news, pete. thank you very much for being here. >> you bet. >> what do we know about what authorities have been able to find from combing through the pictures and videos in the two days since the bombing? >> well, i think you've summarized it well. the holy grail for them was to see someone setting down a heavy backpack or duffel bag, a black nylon bag, that they believe this relatively heavy bomb was carried in. they think it weighed about 20 pounds, setting it down at the scene of one or the other of the bombings, and then getting away. they believe they have found a picture like that, first from the store surveillance camera that you noted, but they since have been able to triangulate that or get other views of it from other pictures and recordings that people who are in the area have sent them. people who have sent them pictures not knowing what exactly was to be foun
Apr 18, 2013 8:00pm PDT
action on their own, which seems like wise advice. joining me is pete williams. this is a big development. what's the latest? >> reporter: it is a big development. the pictures don't show crystal clear view of the faces, of course. there's pictures that the fbi has not released. as you noted, they do believe they have images showing the man in the white hat, planting the second bomb, in the one in front of the restaurant. by the way, we have seen that picture from our affiliate whdh in boston that shows the garbage bag next to the mailbox. they say that this is now that that is not the bomb. that the bomb was planted on the other side of that barrier. it's right near there, but just on the other side. in the release of these pictures, then, they have chosen which they think will be most helpful to people in being able to recognize themment granted, the faces are never crystal clear but they hope the totality of the clothes and what they were doing and where they were will cause people to call in. they are getting the response they asked for or getting a response, any way. a lot of names.
Apr 22, 2013 3:00am PDT
investigator reporter pete williams. i don't think he takes a day off. and boston police commissioner ed davis and peter gammons will also join us. bill has our forecast now. >> all eyes on the midwest over the weekend. the heavy rains from last week caused epic flooding and in some cases even record flooding. six states dealt with major flooding problems including michigan, illinois, indiana, and as we went through areas of missouri and even iowa, unfortunately, three people did perish from rapidly rising floodwaters this weekend. a lot of the rivers did crest and they are slowly going to be going down from here. the one exception the illinois river. you can see just thousands and thousands of people were sandbagging all weekend long trying to keep these rivers from flooding their towns. the mississippi river is the biggest river in town in our country and it's at major flood stage. anywhere from outside of the border with iowa and illinois there around the squad cities southward is where it's cresting as i speak and will crest later this afternoon a little further south down in this region.
Apr 18, 2013 7:00pm PDT
, pete williams has reported on. and we looked at that carefully, and that's the scene of the blast of the second bomb. so this guy has planted the second bomb. we looked at the dark hat guy as they walk. it's just interesting that the dark hat guy looks a little older, walks in the front. and his bomb detonates first. they don't have a video of him planting the bomb. but the -- special agent in charge said they pieced it together. and what they pieced together was the backpack. i'm sure they pieced together the backpack. it's possible he could have laid his hat on the backpack. so they could have found the hat and the backpack. but they were able from the video to say a backpack looking just like that was there. they probably have video of these guys communicating and talking. that's an interesting report about his reaction. these cowards are probably exhibiting some glee and joy at this, you know, vulgar thing they did. but that's going to be they're undoing as well. >> yeah -- >> they underestimated -- they underestimated law enforcement. and they underestimated the resilience of
Apr 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
's not true. i was watching the other stupid nbc arm m bsz. >> no, no. pete williams who is the doj reporter over there. >> bill: that's the network. but their other arm was conflicting with them. cbs had it right. i'm not giving anybody else any credit. >> i jumped on the air as soon as i seen the conflicting reports which is 10 minutes after we had said we are being told by the.com property that the law enforcement officers say arrest. here is the situation. now there is conflicting reports now the >> bill: people i think people understand. >> people were very standing. >> you didn't get nasty emails did you. >> most part people said thank you for being transparent. >> it's cable news. part of the reason why people tune in they can be part of the process. you hold sort of the curtain open and let them see it. i was very honest about this is what we are being told. >> bill: this is not the first thing this has happened. all the time on the breaks information. you get erroneous information. >> it is strange. i'm puzzled i have to be honest that there are so many different law enforcement off